Every powerlifter belongs to a particular division, the basis for this classification is based on the lifter’s level of experience, body weight, and age. Other subdivisions are “geared” and “raw” powerlifters, this shows whether the lifter is making use of a supportive gear or not during the competition.
Powerlifting competitions take the most part of the day. The competitors usually begin with the squat, progress to the bench press, and finally end with a deadlift. Competitors are given only 3 chances for each lift, making it a total of 9 lifts per day.
Mistakes cannot be ruled out in powerlifting especially if you are a beginner, you might find it difficult to avoid some mistakes that are common with powerlifting. However, mistakes are part of the learning process, and also it makes you a better powerlifter because as you advance in powerlifting, you will be able to avoid these mistakes. Even powerlifters that have broken world records at some point in their career made mistakes. The most important thing is to learn from it, and this helps to sharpen your skills. As you read further, you will see some of the common mistakes made by powerlifters.
Here are some of the common mistakes individuals make in powerlifting:
#1 Mistake: Biting more than you can chew
Powerlifting requires a lot of strength, energy, balanced diet, and sleep. Beginners are mostly fond of attempting to carry lift that is not meant for them, this is particularly common for a lift that is not categorized within their age group and weight. As a beginner, you don’t force things to happen with dedication and training, you would eventually progress to carrying more weights.
The consequences of carrying weight that is not meant for your division is having your muscles tear apart, or breaking your wrist. This can keep you out for a complete competitive period.
If you are a victim of such circumstance, give your body time to heal before you start training again. This could be a little frustrating but don’t allow it get into your head. Now you know your limits.
#2 Mistake: Stick to your style
Often times powerlifters tend to change their altitude in a heartbeat. Mostly this could be as a result of inferiority complex, that is seeing other lifters whom you think are better than you are carrying loads in a particular way. Then, you attempt to choose their style. This can cost you a lot. Stick to your style no matter what the pressure is!
#3 Mistake: Prioritize your activities
Always remember you are a mere mortal and not a superhuman. Preparing for lifting sessions without having your priority list may put you in grave danger. You have no idea at which session you could pick up an injury, showing off in front of your friends is not beneficial and it really does not matter if you participate or not for your future career.
The key to being a successful powerlifter is by training hard and smart, being consistent and getting expert advice from successful people in this regard is the key. Also, you need to sacrifice a lot of stuff such as keeping your social activities at the back burner. Definitely, you will overcome these mistakes as you make progress. Happy lifting!